The Week Ahead…and Some News on the Blue Castle

ANC6B commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg reports that a final plan has been agreed upon for the transformation of the Blue Castle by the owner – National Community Church. The plan provides for advancing the redevelopment in phases, and phase one will be the construction of a 900+ seat auditorium which will be used for Sunday church services but will be available for rent to the community during week days and nights. Oldenburg says the church hopes to provide a child development center and other community-centered amenities in subsequent phases. A public timeline for the transformation is not currently available. The Blue Castle is at 8th and M Streets, SE.  National Community Church currently occupies the Miracle Theater on Barrack Row.  The church bought the building in 2014.  It was formerly the end of the line for the Georgetown-Navy Yard streetcars and was used to turn the streetcars around for the return trip to Georgetown..  

The Week Ahead…and Some News on the Blue Castle

By Larry Janezich

Monday, October 1

ANC6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Presentation:  Sarah Fashbaugh ABRA Community Resource Officer, on ABRA License Renewal

Streets Market, 51 M Street, NE – application for new Class B and CR – Full Service Grocery Store and Restaurant liquor license.

BB240MASS, LLC d/b/a Buffalo & Bergen, 240 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – transfer of retailer’s Class C Tavern license to a new location with substantial change.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE. 


To review current historic preservation applications.

Tuesday, October 2

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, St. Coletta, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

 710 E Street, SE, (Deferred from September) – Historic Preservation application – concept/three-story rear addition.

HPA 18-619: 716-718 L Street SE; concept/demolish building except for the L Street elevation; Owner/applicant Sheila Safavi, 202-558-8385,   [6B04]

1225-1227 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – Historic Preservation application – concept/one-story roof-top addition.

210 9th Street, SE – Historic Preservation application – concept/rear addition.

210 9th Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment application – Special exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit.

526-528 8th Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment application – Special exception and variance relief to redevelop an existing surface parking lot with a three-story commercial building.

329 16th Street, SE  – Zoning Adjustment application – Special exception to construct a third-story and rear addition to a principal dwelling unit and convert the dwelling into a flat.

Letter to Zoning Commission regarding definition of side yards

ANC 6C Environment, Parks & Events Committee meets at Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Stacie West of NoMA Parks Foundation – status update on pending park projects and underpass installations.

Rock n Roll Marathon (Scheduled for Saturday March 9, 2019) – Diane Romo Thomas will discuss the race and ask for ANC 6C support. The race route is unchanged from last year and MPD again will enforce no-parking restrictions along the race course. See link below for information concerning the course and parking restrictions:

Wednesday, October 3

ANC6B Transportation Committee meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Academy Bus LLC – Public Space application for 5 curbside spaces at 400 8th Street, SE and Pennsylvania Avenue for use by GoBus all hours on weekdays/weekends.

DDOT Presentation on  Short Term Options for the 15th & G Streets, SE, and Potomac & Kentucky Avenues, SE, Intersection.

Discussion of 8th Street, SE, Traffic Signals Synchronization.

Discussion of delays of Pepco Repairs of E Street, SE.

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 6:30pm, at Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

912 5th Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment application for special to construct a two-story accessory structure containing a garage in the RF-1 zone.

Square 750 map amendment (2nd & K Streets, NE.   Application of Lean Development for map amendment to change the zoning of four lots on the southeast corner of 2nd & K Streets, NE, from PDR-1 (moderate-density commercial and production/distribution/repair) to a mix of MU-4 (moderate-density mixed use) and MU-5A (medium-density, compact mixed-use development with an emphasis on residential use).

Appeal of Station Townhouses LLC (701 2nd Street NE.  Zoning Adjustment application – discussion of potential ANC6C participation in appeal from Zoning Administrator’s proposed revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (based on repeated short-term rentals inconsistent with the C of O).

Thursday, October 4

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will meet at 7:00pm in Hill Center.

520 8th Street, S.E.; Senart’s, LLC – Orchid – Continued consideration of liquor license application with substantial change to change from a Class C restaurant license to a Tavern license.

ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente, 700 Second Street, NE.

Agenda not available at press time. 

Saturday, October 6

Community Litter Cleanup – Free Mimosas, Coffee & Donuts Will Follow.  Volunteers pick up bags and gloves at the following locations:

Fulcrum Properties – 1328 G Street, SE

Trusty’s 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

7-11 – 1501 Independence Ave3nue, SE

Atlas Vet – 1326 H Street, NE

Chik-fil-A 1401 Maryland Avenue, SE (offering free breakfast sandwich to volunteers)

Volunteers return filled bags to any of these sponsors.  At 10:00am, Fulcrum Properties offers mimosas, coffee and donuts to volunteers.

Info on rain cancellation will be available by emailing here:

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